Lidén’s research interests are transnational migration, national minorities, childhood and family research, including the life chances and integration of children of immigrants. In the last few years her research has mainly been on rights dilemmas in international and national policies on migration management, family life and citizenship.
She holds a PhD (dr. polit.) in social anthropology. In 2006-2009, Lidén was the research director of the migration research group (IMER) at the Institute for Social Research.